Beloit Regional Hospice Gives Spirit of Caring Award

 

Ribfest Organizers Honored with Spirit of Caring Award at Most Successful Hospice Gala Yet.

 

 Beloit, Wisconsin:  Beloit Regional Hospice’s 12th Annual Doves and Diamonds: Celebrate Hospice Gala continued the event’s long tradition of year-over year growth.  The beautifully renovated Eclipse Center was transformed into a glittering wonderland as the greater Beloit community came together to raise funds for this deserving organization.

“Beloit Regional Hospice has been serving those with a serious illness and their families in this community for nearly 35 years, and that is due to the tremendous support of many individuals and businesses in the Stateline area,” said Director Natasha Weberg.

Beloit Regional Hospice and Beloit Health System staff and volunteers were pleased to present the Spirit of Caring Award to the organizers of another community fundraiser, the Beloit Ribfest, this year.  Ribfest had its seventh annual competition this year which included eighteen teams of cooks, a mouthwatering rib and sauce competition and an estimated nearly 500 attendees.  The event raises money for two organizations in the community, the Beloit Domestic Violence Survivor’s Center and Beloit Regional Hospice.  This year the organizer’s presented each organization with a check for over $7,000.  Therefore, Beloit Regional Hospice chose the organizers of this event for this year’s Spirit of Caring Award.  The organizers included Ribfest founder and master of ceremonies Brian Mark of Brian Mark Funeral Homes, Bill Lock and Jim Agate of the Rock Bar and Grill, Tom Finley of Finley Buick GMC, Bill Flanagan of Beloit College and the Beloit Daily News.

The support of the community in making the event a success is tremendous.  From the many organizations who sponsored the event to the members of the Doves and Diamonds Committee who spent countless hours planning and soliciting silent auction items, the event could not exist without the community.

Beloit Regional Hospice presents the Spirit of Caring Award to a member or members of the community who have dedicated themselves to furthering the hospice philosophy and ensuring that all those facing the end of life in the Stateline area have access to the care they need and deserve.

For almost 35 years Beloit Regional Hospice staff and volunteers have been leaders in quality and compassion who seek to serve all who want and need their care.  The 2016 merger of Beloit Regional Hospice with Beloit Health System allows for more access and a better continuum of care for the Stateline community.  Through teamwork they advocate for appropriate care while respecting the right of patients to choose their journey, and above all hope is always embraced at the end of life.  The non-profit organization’s mission is, “To help make each moment of remaining life as full and comfortable as possible,” for terminally ill individuals and families in the counties of Boone, Green, Rock, Walworth, Stephenson, McHenry and Winnebago. You can visit their website at www.beloitregionalhospice.com.  Become a BRH fan on Facebook or receive their newsletter electronically by emailing adutter@beloitregionalhospice.com.

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Photo Caption:  From left, Adena Dutter, Jim Agate, Bill Flanagan, Bill Lock, Erica Pennington, Matt Finley, Brian Mark and  Natasha Weberg.

Beloit Health System Welcomes Nancy Moe Johnson, PA-C

Beloit Health System welcomes Nancy Moe Johnson, PA-C,  to the Gastroenterology Team, in the Beloit Clinic, under the collaboration of Dr. Tsu-Hon Wang and Dr. John Johanson.

 

Nancy Moe Johnson completed her Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nancy has past experience, training and certifications in the role of an EMT and provider of massage. Nancy has worked in Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers with integrated medical and mental health primary care models, serving patients of varying cultural and demographic backgrounds.

 

About Beloit Health System

Beloit Health System is a healthcare organization providing care for the residents of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Beloit Health System offers residents inpatient and outpatient services including the area’s most innovative heart and vascular program, a Level III Trauma Center, advanced orthopedics, cancer care, and the region’s first comprehensive health and wellness campus at NorthPointe in Roscoe, Illinois. Beloit Health System includes: Beloit Hospital, Beloit/UW Cancer Center, Occupational Health, Sports and Family Medicine, NorthPointe Health and Wellness Campus; the assisted living facilities located at NorthPointe Terrace and Riverside Terrace; Beloit Regional Hospice; and a network of doctors and advanced practice professionals providing care at the Beloit Clinic, Westside Clinic, Clinton Clinic, Darien Clinic and Janesville Clinic. Visit us online at beloithealthsystem.org.

SwedishAmerican Introduces New Pulmonary Specialist

SwedishAmerican Introduces New Pulmonary Specialist

Suraj Bopanna, MD

 

SwedishAmerican is pleased to welcome our new Pulmonary Specialist Suraj Bopanna, MD.

Dr. Bopanna has been practicing for ten years and is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. He practices all aspects of pulmonology, with a special interest in interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, and interventional pulmonology.

Dr. Bopanna received his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India and completed his internal medicine residency at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey. He continued training with a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bopanna, please call (779) 696-6102.

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

Beloit Hospital Excels in Patient Safety

Beloit Hospital Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Fall 2016

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

 

 BELOIT,WI, November 4, 2016 – New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were recently announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Beloit Hospital was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A” ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“The safety of our patients is at the heart of quality care and a good patient experience,” says Kenneth Klein, MD, Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Beloit Health System. “Safety is a priority for all of us and to be recognized among the nation’s safest hospitals is a credit to all the physicians, nurses, and clinical staff that work to deliver exceptional care each and every day.”

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Beloit Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

 

About Beloit Health System

Beloit Health System is a healthcare organization providing care for the residents of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Beloit Health System offers residents inpatient and outpatient services including the area’s most innovative heart and vascular program, a Level III Trauma Center, advanced orthopedics, cancer care, and the region’s first comprehensive health and wellness campus at NorthPointe in Roscoe, Illinois. Beloit Health System includes: Beloit Hospital, Beloit/UW Cancer Center, Occupational Health, Sports and Family Medicine, NorthPointe Health and Wellness Campus; the assisted living facilities located at NorthPointe Terrace and Riverside Terrace; Beloit Regional Hospice; and a network of doctors and advanced practice professionals providing care at the Beloit Clinic, Westside Clinic, Clinton Clinic, Darien Clinic and Janesville Clinic. Visit us online at beloithealthsystem.org.

 

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

Community Against Cancer Presents Check to Beloit Cancer Center and Beloit Health System Foundation

Community Against Cancer Supports Fund for Children of Cancer Patients

 

The Board of Community Against Cancer (CAC) recently presented a check for $6,500 to Beloit Cancer Center and Beloit Health System Foundation. The funds were raised by CAC and designated to assist the children of cancer patients in Beloit. Their fundraising campaign was named the “Let Them Be Little” fund.

Receiving the check are Sharon Cox, (left) Director of Beloit Cancer Center and Lara Hermann, (right) Executive Director of Beloit Health System Foundation. The Community Against Cancer Board Members pictured are Tracy Hannah, Becky Reynolds, Jamie Burkee, Karie Larson, Josette Fillbach.

In June of 2016 the Board of Community Against Cancer (CAC) approved the creation of the “Let Them be Little” Fund.  The purpose of this new fund is to provide special gifts or activities to children of cancer patients, who are silently impacted when a parent/caregiver is diagnosed with cancer.  These children are sometimes forced to grow up too fast.

The CAC believes that if a parent/caregiver can see their child happy and smiling, it will improve the patient’s mental and emotional state. Nomination forms to receive funds can be found at www.communityagainstcancer.org and should be returned to Beloit Health System Cancer Center, 1670 Lee Ln, Beloit, WI 53511.  The Board of Community Against Cancer will meet quarterly to review the nomination forms and all distributions will be made through Beloit Health System Foundation.

MembersAlliance Credit Union Invites You to Come Network

 

Please come out and join us for the 8 th annual Good Morning Rockford Breakfast hosted by The Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s “Advantage Club Originals” networking group.

The Good Morning Rockford event will be from 7:30 am – 9:00 am and will be held on Tuesday November 1st , 2016 at the Hilton Garden Hotel on 7675 Walton St. in Rockford just off E. State and Bell School. Come out and help us construct a tower made of toilet paper and diapers to benefit the Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. Cash donations also accepted.

The event will include a complimentary breakfast provided by the Hilton Garden Inn, expo style booths featuring members of the Advantage Club Originals group, plenty of networking opportunities and plenty of prizes being given away every 15 minutes. The cost of entry is simply a roll or package of wrapped toilet paper or a package of diapers.

The Advantage Club Originals is a group of business owners, decision makers and sales associates dedicated to networking and referring business to one another. Only one member from each industry is permitted in the group. For more information contact Diane James at 815-519-0203.

Please join us as we help the Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford meet the needs of our community.

The Pregnancy Care Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing help and hope for over 33 years to women facing an unplanned pregnancy. For more information, please contact Tiffany Staman, Executive Director, at 815-680- 5101or email tiffany@thepregnancycarecenter.org or visit www.thepregnancycarecenter.org.

SwedishAmerican Welcomes New Advanced Practice Nurses

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SwedishAmerican Welcomes New Advanced Practice Nurses

Brittany Pena and Mary Marshall

 SwedishAmerican is pleased to introduce its new Advanced Practice Nurses Brittany Pena and Mary Marshall.

Brittany has joined Dr. Arturo Manas at SwedishAmerican State Street OB/GYN, 1415 East State Street, Suite 800. Brittany will partner with Dr. Manas to expand his practice and provide enhanced obstetrics and gynecology care to women of all ages.

Brittany received a bachelor of science in nursing from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois and recently completed a master of science in nursing from Olivet Nazarene University. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner and comes to SwedishAmerican with five years of OB/GYN nursing experience.

Mary has joined Midwest Heart Specialists at SwedishAmerican, 1340 Charles Street, Suite 300. As an advanced nurse practitioner, Mary will partner with the Midwest Heart physicians to enhance cardiology services in both the clinic and hospital settings.

Mary received a master of science degree from Saint Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford and is a certified family nurse practitioner. She comes to SwedishAmerican with over twenty years of cardiac medicine experience.

 

 About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Celebrates Third Anniversary

SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Celebrates Third Anniversary

The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center, developed in collaboration with UW Health and its nationally recognized University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, is pleased to announce the celebration of its third anniversary.

Throughout the week of October 11, the center will celebrate its anniversary with a variety of festive internal activities and celebrations for staff and patients. Examples include a staff painting party, anniversary pot luck and patient fleece scarf donations. Staff members are encouraged to donate fleece or cash donations throughout the week. In November, staff will gather together and create fleece scarves that will be handed out to cancer patients during the holidays.

Additionally, the Regional Cancer Center is continuing to provide greater and more convenient local access to medical specialties, research and physicians from the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. More than 30 doctors from UW Health are on SwedishAmerican’s medical staff, representing more than 15 different specialties. Specifically, Breast Surgical Oncologists Drs. Lee Wilke and Jennifer Steiman are at the Regional Cancer Center every week consulting with patients.

“We are extremely excited to celebrate our third anniversary at our new center,” says SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center Director Diane Scoville. “The Regional Cancer Center is more than just a beautiful building, it’s a place where patients and families feel welcomed during their cancer journey, a place that provides a soothing environment both inside and out and a place where patients receive advanced treatments by the region’s top specialists.”

So far in fiscal year 2016, the Regional Cancer Center has diagnosed 670 new oncology patients, 552 hematology patients and has recorded approximately 23,500 patient visits. It also has administered more than 12,000 units of chemotherapy, 29,500 radiation oncology treatments, and 1,503 PET and CT scans.

To learn more about SwedishAmerican’s Regional Cancer Center, please call (779) 696-9400.

 About the SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center

Located at 3535 N. Bell School Road in Rockford, near Riverside and I-90, the two-story SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center offers radiation therapy, medical oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services. Patients have access to clinical trials; state-of-the-art linear accelerator treatments such as IGRT, IMRT, Rapid Arc, OBI and stereotactic services; and advanced medical imaging. The center also includes healing gardens and offers a number of holistic and support services, making it unlike any other facility in northern Illinois.

 About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency.

27th Annual Halloween Parade & Party

27th Annual Halloween Parade & Party October 29, 2016

BELOIT, Wis. – The Downtown Beloit Association is once again hosting the annual Halloween Parade & Party in Downtown Beloit. This community tradition is in its 27th year and promises to once again provide families a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience followed by a variety of family-friendly activities!

Parents & guardians are invited to bring their kids in their favorite costumes for a parade and the opportunity to trick-or-treat at downtown businesses as well as Farmer’s Market vendors. Parade participants should meet at Horace White Park (College & Grand Streets) at 9:45 a.m. There will be orange flags to indicate which business & farmers’ market vendors are participating.

After the parade, kids can enjoy “The Mr. Steve Show” and balloon following the show beginning at 10:45 a.m., free pumpkins from Brad & Cindy Paulson (while supplies last), spooky stories at Turtle Creek Bookstore 11 am-1 pm, and pumpkin decorating with Doodles! In addition, there will be face painting with Dabadooya, photos by “Photography by April” for $5, and a “Fun Zone” with a bounce house, obstacle course, and more at the corner of State & Grand Streets!

“The Halloween Parade & Party always brings out a huge crowd,” said Shauna El-Amin, Executive Director of the Downtown Beloit Association. “It’s a wonderful family-friendly event that we are proud to say has become a staple in the community. It wouldn’t be Halloween in Beloit without it!”

For more information about the Halloween Parade/Party, visit www.downtownbeloit.com or www.facebook.com/DowntownBeloit/events or call the Downtown Beloit Association at (608) 365-0150.

Goldie B. Floberg Center Receives Grant

Goldie B. Floberg Center receives $5,000 Milestone RocVale Foundation Grant

Rockton, IL (October 3, 2016) – Goldie B. Floberg Center received a grant of $5,000 from the Milestone RocVale Foundation to help fund 2016-2017 camp activities for adults with developmental disabilities.

As part of the services provided to adults with developmental disabilities, Goldie B. Floberg Center facilitates annual participation in regional learning and enrichment camp opportunities. Camp programming is optional to adults served and offers physical, emotional, and developmental benefits.

Milestone RocVale Foundation granted $5,000 for 2016-2017 camps participation expenses of over 20 adults with varying support needs.  Funds will support annual program expenses associated with registration and transportation. The grant will fund 21% of the total annual program budget. Additional funding is being sought from individual, private, and corporate funders.

Goldie B. Floberg Center –  In 2018, Goldie B. Floberg Center will celebrate 100 years of helping underserved children and families in the Northern Illinois community. Today, Goldie B. Floberg Center delivers the Mission “to empower and enrich the lives of all people served” to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Through programs such as small group community living services, employment services, and adult learning services, Goldie B. Floberg Center partners with the people served, their families and the community to help individuals with disabilities become fully actualized citizens and members of their community.